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Hi I'm Neils Duncan

I was born in California but grew up in Missouri, went to school in Springfield and am out serving a mission call.

About Me

I have two main hobbies the first of is Boy Scouts; being a camp counselor and active particapant until I aged out and was a hiking, camping and wilderness survial guy. My other hobie was nerdy board games and card games such as DND and Magic, an odd combination with all of the outdoor activities I did.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that this is the true Church of God, because of the power of the Spirit that is with those that follow the teaching given at this Church. I have experianced the healing power of the priesthood for myself and also have seen the power of the Atonement of Christ in sincere repentance. God gave us the scriptures to help us find him and while I was born in the Church through the scriptures and acting on them in prayer I have learned the truth of which of the churches is the Church of our Lord Christ, we all have good things in our lives read the scriptures and try them to see if they can give you more good in your life, I know that they have given me all that I know of God and are the reason I feel his influence in my life. They will help you as well if you let them, read for yourself and ask of God of their truth, and you will get so much more than just a reading of a good book.

How I live my faith

Until I left home for my mission call I would help out in the youth activities first as a particapant and latter as a helping hand in planing and execution of the plans, in the youth activites we would go camping, hiking and somtimes shooting sports or even just got together to socialize. I often gave service whenever an Eagle Project came around with one of the other youths and whenever I could spare the time when someone in the congregation needed help.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Neils Duncan
We are not required but are asked and encouraged to serve missions. Just as Jesus taught in Matthew 29:18 to go forth and teach all nations to his disciples we do the same today. Missionaries are generaly between 18 and 21 years old, and serve for around 18 to 24 months. This is compleatly voluntary and we are not paid to do this but rather support ourselves in our missions. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Neils Duncan
Of course we beleive in the Bible, is it not a record of the teachings of Christ? Both the New and Old Testement teach of him. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Neils Duncan
The service of a missionary is funded at his or her own expense, to teach and try to helpothers come closer to Christ. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Neils Duncan
We should of course show our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ as the Apostle Peter directs in Act 4:12. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Neils Duncan
The docterine of grace saves all those who have done all that they can to follow the gospel of Christ. For example if you live your life to the best of your ability in following the Gospel if Christ then by the grace of Christ the difference betweeen you and a perfect beign that can enter into the presence of God is paid by the grace of our savior Jesus Christ. You can read 2 Nephi 2:8 and 2 Nephi 25:23 and pray to know that this is true for yourselves. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Neils Duncan
Chruch dress is whatever is your best clothing; most often for members that is a suit and tie for men and modest dresses or skirts for women, children also tipicaly dress up for church on sunday. If you best is jeans and a t-shirt than that is what you where to church. We celebrate Christmass and Easter just as any other Christian church and also celebrate national and cultural holidays of the region in which we live. For example my family celebrates Christmass, Easter, Birthdays, Anniversaries, New Years, July 4th, and Thanksgiving as we live in the Bible belt of the USA. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Neils Duncan
Abortion should never be performed except in rare cases where the life of the mother is seriously endangered on the opinion of competent medical counsel, caused by rape and produces great emotional trama in the mother. And even at these exceptions should never be done without counseling from local priesthood authority and a confermation through prayer. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Neils Duncan
Look at the name on the church buildings The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Later-Day Saints, this name is litteraly saying that we are followers of Christ in the last days. Look at the Book of Mormon in which Christ is referenced more times than there are pages in the book, talk to any member of the 'mormon' church and they will tell you Jesus si our Lord. There is no way that we could not be Christians, unless every single thing in this church is a lie for everything in the church centers around Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Neils Duncan
Our clergy are just members from the congregation called to serve in various positions. Clergy is not a profession in the Church of Jesus Chirist of Latter-Day Saints, those who serve in the clergy have their own professions outside of the church and that is how they support their families. This service is a donation of time to the Church. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Neils Duncan
They will talk to you about Jesus Christ and his atonement and God's plan that allkows us all to reurn to him. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Neils Duncan
Priesthood is simpily the authority to act in the name of God, if a church is true than that church has the authority to act in the name their God. The Apostles in the time of Christ had this authority as did the prophets in Biblical times, and through this authority the actions necessary for salvation may be performed, like baptism and giving the gift of the Holy Ghost, blessing to sick to be healed and leading congregations on the Church. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Neils Duncan
The word "Cult" means any group that holds to additional religious docterine or a religion regarded as unorthodox, and is used to demonify the Church by its opponents. The main reasons for this term being used againt 'mormonism' is because we do not follow tjhe Nicene Creed and other explenations of docterine used within most other Christian denominations or churches. And also the idea of modern day revelation that we hold. For the first definition that I gave literaly every Christian denomination is a cult to the Jew for we take a majority of their Tora and add unto it the New Testament, but this does not make any Christian religion automaticaly have the same conotation of being Satan worshipers? So then why does the gaining of further scripture and guidance from God make 'mormonism' a demonic cult? The answer is that it does not. For the second defenition that I provided as any religion being seen as unorthodox, we are often branded such as we do not claim to be a reformation of a pre-existing denomination but rather a restoration of the gospel that Jesus Christ gave in his earthly ministry. Other times the term cult is used againstt 'mormonism' out of ignorence, just come and learn what we teach and find out for yourselves if our claims are true. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Neils Duncan
Reading from the Bible alone we know that baptism is an essential ordinance of the Gospel for salvation(John 3:5). Because of the mercy and love of God, he has provided our deceased ancestors who have not had this ordinance performed a way for it to be performed on their behalf. This is Baptism For The Dead, and in my own oppinion the reason why it is performed only in the Temple is because this action reaches across the vale of death, those that are the recipiants of this ordinance, our deceased ancestors, have the option of accepting or declining the effects of baptism. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Neils Duncan
Just as Jesus taught his disciples in Matthew 28:19 to ploclaim the good news of the Gospel to all, God has called for us in modern times to declare his Gospel to any and all who will listen to it. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Neils Duncan
A testimony is a witness of a truth. You can recieve a tesimony of the truth of the Lord through reading scriptures and praying sincerly for a witness throught the Holy Ghost of the truths within the passages or the words you heard. Your own tesimony is your faith expressed in words; for example a testemony that I give is: The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints is the true church of God on the Earth today. The days of prophets, apostles, and priesthood miricles has returned. Christ lives. And throught the Bible, Book of Mormom and prayer you can come to know the same things I have learned and gain the same blessings that I have gained by following Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Neils Duncan
That is crazy, why would we worship a man that spent his whole life trying to get people to worship Christ the Lord? We worship God the Eternal Father, and his son Jesus Christ the Lord. If you do not beleive my words ask the Church for a Book of Mormon, and try to find a page without a reference to God within it. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Neils Duncan
The Book of Mormon is a compilation of the writings of prophets that are descendants of Joseph (coat of many colors), who left Jeruselem about 600bc and traveled to the American Contenent. Much as the Bible is a compilation of the writings of prophets of the line of Juda. These people who left Jeruselem created a civilization that lasted till around 400ad, and the Book of Mormon was compiled by their last two prophets, Mormon and his son Moroni, after the destuction of their civilization by civil war. Moroni as an angel gave the record he made to the Prophet joseph Smith to tranlate and use to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Earth. The Book of Mormon is a testiment of Jesus Christ and teaches many of the same things that the Bible does, only in simpiler terms. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Neils Duncan
The Book of Mormon is a compilation of the writings of prophets that are descendants of Joseph (coat of many colors), who left Jeruselem about 600bc and traveled to the American Contenent. Much as the Bible is a compilation of the writings of prophets of the line of Juda. These people who left Jeruselem created a civilization that lasted till around 400ad, and the Book of Mormon was compiled by their last two prophets, Mormon and his son Moroni, after the destuction of their civilization by civil war. Moroni as an angel gave the record he made to the Prophet joseph Smith to tranlate and use to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Earth. The Book of Mormon is a testiment of Jesus Christ and teaches many of the same things that the Bible does, only in simpiler terms. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Neils Duncan
Baptism is an ordanance vital to being able to return to the pressence of God, is it not in the Bible that we must be born of water and of the spirit to enter into the kingdom of heaven? So, then what are those that did not have the oportunity to recieve this ordinance in life left to? Luckily bapitsm for the dead is referenced in 1 Corinthiams 15:29 and it has been restored to the Earth again. This alows a Baptism to be performed on behalf of a person that is no longer living so that they may return to God as if they had been Baptised in life. This does not disturb the remains of the deceased nor are thier names added to the Church's roster. They are only recorded to prevent duplication from occuring. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Neils Duncan
We belive that the Bible is the word of God, it is a testimony of the divinity of Christ and the dealings of his followers in the Holy Lands. The Old testiment is a record from the line of Juda that foretells the coming of the Savior and Redeemer, while the New Testiment is a record of the life of the Savior Jesus Christ and his origanal church. Unfortionatly like any book translated across langues there are some translation errors and we see the King James Version of the Bible to be the most correct translation. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Neils Duncan
Women do not have the priesthood becouse the Lord has not given it to them. Women have their own organization in teh Church, Releif Society and lead through it. A quote form Gordon B. Hinckley stresses the importance of women outside of Releif Society as well "The men hold the priesthood, yes. But my wife is my companion. In this Church the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife but at her side. They are co-equals in this life in a great enterprise." Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Neils Duncan
No. Polygamy was practiced once but that ended in 1890, previous to this very few practiced this and even then was only when commanded the Lord. It is now is an action that you will be excomunicated to expelled from the Church for. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Neils Duncan
No, any male that lives the standard of the Church may hold the priesthood. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Neils Duncan
The Book of Mormon is a record of the writings of prophets from the line of Joseph (coat of many colors) through Lehi. Lehi left Jeruselem about 600bc and the record continues to about 400ad. The Bible is a record of the Jews and then the earthly ministry of Jesus and His apostles. Both are scriptures that teach many of the same things and the Book of Mormon is to support and be used with the Bible to testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior. Joseph Smith was 'given' the Golden Plates by the last prophet in the Book of Mormon. Moroni as an angel of the Lord gave him the location of the Plates. Joseph Smith then translated them through inspiration of God. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Neils Duncan
It is a nickname for those that follow The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day saints. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Neils Duncan
The family is both the basic unit in society and in our church. Everyone likes families and the morals we teach our children even when they do not like the docterines. We are friendly and give purpose to life in this church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Neils Duncan
No, we wish to help everyone that we can. Our founding prophet Joseph Smith taught "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." We keep this to this day and will always keep this teaching. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Neils Duncan
'Mormon' church services have 3 parts: Sacrement which is similar to communion of other churches, Sunday School and then a third meeting being either Priesthood, Releif Society, Primary, or Young Womens. Visitors are always welcome and consider yourself invited to our chuch services, all our service are very family orienated. Durring Sacrement we partate of the sacrement (communion), sing hymns as a congregation, and listen to speakers on the gospel, usually 2-3 speakers. This is ussualy 70 minutes. Durring Sunday School we read and discuse the scriptures in groups based on age. Children under 12 go to Primary for this part of Sunday Meetings and the next part. For the 3rd meeting we split again into groups based on age and gender to learn of the gospel in how it relates specificaly to us and also how to become productive members of society. Boys and men form age 12+ go to Priesthood, Girls and women from ages 12-17 go to Young Women, and women 18+ go to Releif Society. Primary is a meeting for children from about 5 to 12 years old and fullfills the same things as Sunday School and the third meeting together. For younger children a nursery is provided that will teach a little bit of Sunday School and is from after Sacrement Meeting to the end of church services. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Neils Duncan
Yes, much of 3 Nephi is about Christ's visit. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Neils Duncan
God knows alot more than us, right? And through our prophets we have received a comandment of God called the Word of Wisdom. This is the 'dietary law of health' we have. In passing it says: No tea, coffe, alcohol, tabacco, and drugs. Also to eat meat, every fruit, and herb in moderation. Grain is the staple of food. With these commandments we are given a promise of increased health, stamana, a clearer mind, and that the destroying angel will pass over us as the children of Isreal. You can read the law in full in Docterine and Covenents 89. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Neils Duncan
Being self reliant and prepared for emergencies we are better able to serve our fellow men, and creates a buffer for hardships that always come in life. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Neils Duncan
Of course! We know that God is unchanging, is He not? So if He gave prophets to guide His children in the past should he not give one today? Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Neils Duncan
Jesus called 12 and so 12 is the number that His true Church would have. The Apostles of Christ after his death called Mattias as an Apostle to replace Judas in Acts Chaper 1, therefore how is it that they are not to be replaced? Another apostle called after the death of Christ is Paul and wrote that the Church of Christ is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets in Ephians 2:19-20. How then could a true Church of Christ exist without this foundation fo phrophets and apostles to guide it? Just as a building without a foundation cannot stand neither can the Gospel and Church of Christ. Because of this and that we know that God does not change he must re-establish His Church and it will be founded upon prophets and apostles, even if the 'Mormon' church is not His Church only a church that has the same structure as the origanal Church of Christ could be the true Church of Christ. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Neils Duncan
Like any other welfare system the Church's sytem is to help out the recipiants. We focus on giving a helping hand up and not just helping the recipiants make ends meet. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Neils Duncan
Both wards and Branches are congregations of local 'Mormons'. A stake is a group of these congregations. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Neils Duncan
Much like anyother people in our own locality. We follow the cultures we come from, and seek happiness and joy in our lives. Our greates joys come from the Gospel of Christ and the blessings we receive from it. We do live the same ways that those around us do, just abstaining from drugs and many other things that are bad for us acording to the teachings of God. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Neils Duncan
How could a compleatly random event such as the Big Bang Theory have created a world such as this? If even the smallest changes are made in the placement or the compisition of this planet it could not support life. How could the random movement of particles create a living organism, let alone such complex organism as Humans and the various animials in the world? How could such complexity as a single celled organism have been created such? If you look into anything in the natural world you find order not chaos. How then could random uncontrolled events create order? Everything is a testimony of the existance of a Creator, there is no way that everything could be as it is without one. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Neils Duncan
There is a God, and He has given us laws or commandment to live by. Just like the laws of any country the laws all have prices attatched to them should they be broken. So when we commit sins we create a dept against these laws of God. We cannot pay these depts on our own and return to our God in heaven, so He provided us with the Savior Jesus Christ that if we repent Jesus will pay the depts of sin by the Atonement made in the Garden of Gesthsemane. Because of this we can repent and return to God, the Atonement of Christ paying the dept of sin for us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Neils Duncan
Much the same as women from their culture that are not Mormons. Yes we do, together a man and wife must provide: nurture, dicipline, and teach their children. Normaly the father works for the necessities of life and protection of the children, while the mother is the primary nurturer. They normaly jointly teach and dicipline. This is not allways the case, though it is important that these rolls are fullfiled between the couple. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Neils Duncan
In Ephians 2:19-20 we are told that the Church of God has a foundation of prophets and apostles. After the death of the Apostles of Christ there were no more of these on the Earth, thus there was no church receiving directions from God, and no church could be God's Church if he was not leading it. Therefore just as God had called prophets in the past to restore His Church like Moses, Noah, and Christ himself a new prophet was needed to restore the Church of God. In Act 3:19-21 the Apostle Peter prophecies that a restitution of all things will happen before the Second Coming of Christ, this would mean that the Church of Christ would leave the Earth and then later be restored back to it. We have had the Bible since about 200 ad when it was compiled by the Catholic Church in the semi-dead langue of latin. Though it is a compilation of some of the writings of previous prophets written for the people in their own time. Before this the Jews had their own sets of scriptures that some of which were put into the Old Testiment, the New Testiment holds most of the writings of the Apostles of Christ and the Apostle Paul called after the death of Christ. While nothing can replace the effects of the Bible would it not be even better to also have scripures written for our time specificaly? Show more Show less